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Ibstock Brick awards Apprentice of the Year title

Ibstock Brick has celebrated the achievements of its apprentices through its annual Apprentice of the Year Award. And for the first time, it was decided to present the award to two outstanding apprentices: Jonathan Hackett and Phillip Atherton. Eight candidates were shortlisted from the UK’s largest brick manufacturer’s apprenticeship programme, …

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NMBS launches merchant buddy scheme

A new ‘buddy’ system being introduced by NMBS will give independent merchants greater support from the Buying Society’s sales team. The system, which went live in June, will see each member of NMBS’ external sales team buddying up with someone from the internal sales team. Merchants will then receive dedicated …

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NMBS named a CRASH Fundraising Champion for 2019

National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) has been named a Fundraising Champion 2019 by the construction industry charity CRASH, in recognition of its fundraising efforts over the last year and as one of CRASH’s most loyal supporting organisations. Awarded to just a handful of organisations, the charity’s initiative recognises those who …

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Glow-Worm reveals Mystery Trip Destination

After weeks of speculation, Glow-worm has revealed the destination of its 2020 mystery trip – Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam. With 80 pairs of tickets up for grabs, installers can secure a space on the plane for themselves and their plus-ones by hitting their personalised target of Glow-worm …

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Developer collapse leaves merchant out of pocket

A Weksh developer collapsed into administration leaving more than 200 creditors and 40 workers yet to be paid, when it lost a contract worth 34% of its business. GM Jones, in Llanrwst, had been carrying out commercial and public sector schemes across the Conway region. Yet the end of the …

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BMF picks Bence as new K&B Forum chair

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has announced the launch of its latest special interest Forum, which will focus on Kitchens and Bathrooms bringing together members with responsibility for these important product areas  The new Kitchen and Bathroom Forum will be chaired by Paul Bence, managing director of the George Bence …

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Construction in sharpest decline since March 2018

A continuing increase in UK housebuilding was not enough to offset a decline in UK construction companies’ output during May, according to the latest monthly statistics from the  IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index. A renewed decline in total business activity during May included lower volumes of commercial work …

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Fibo wall panels help Fayers maximise sales opportunities

Fayers Plumbing & Building Supplies has seen an immediate boost in sales after installing Fibo’s wall panels in its showroom at Buckhurst Hill, Essex. The independent merchant added displays of Fibo’s Scandinavian Tile Effect, Contemporary Tile Effect, Signature and Timeless wall panels when it refurbished both floors of its two-storey …

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Gender Equality? Maybe in 2194, says GMB

Figures revealed at GMB’s annual Congress shows workforce won’t be equal until 2194. GMB, the construction union, has revealed it will take nearly 200 years to achieve gender equality in the construction industry. The analysis, revealed at GMB’s annual Congress in Brighton today, shows at the current rate of growth, the …

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Fun for the whole family at Covers Summer Fayre

The annual Covers Summer Fayre will be returning to Chichester on Saturday 22nd June and promises to be a fun day out for the whole family.   Featuring plenty of free food and free activities, the popular event, which takes place at Covers Home Ideas on Quarry Lane, will welcome …

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